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Doreen M. Edelman


Doreen Edelman is a shareholder in the Washington, D.C. office of Baker Donelson and is a co-leader of the Firm's Global Business Team.

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Current Developments in U.S. Sanctions on Iran and Russia June 4, 2018
Top Three Ways to Obtain an Export Classification Number May 1, 2018
How to Avoid Violating OFAC Sanctions when Engaging in Foreign Markets January 19, 2018
Doreen Edelman Discusses the Current State of NAFTA Negotiations on FCPA Compliance Report October 31, 2017
Doreen Edelman Discusses the Telia Enforcement Action on FCPA Compliance Report October 14, 2017
Doreen Edelman on the NAFTA Talks and What Outcome She Expects July 27, 2017

Professional Biography


Ms. Edelman has 30 years of experience counseling companies on import and export compliance, foreign investment and global expansion. Ms. Edelman advises clients on their export, import and anticorruption compliance obligations related to defense articles, and services, and for commercial goods and technologies through the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the Department of Commerce, the Directorate of Defense Controls (DDTC) of the Department of State, and the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the Department of Treasury.

Ms. Edelman also counsels on foreign investment reporting filings including the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Additionally, Ms. Edelman advises on all export compliance requirements related to immigration forms, the U.S. Anti-Boycott requirements and the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). She assists with internal audits, compliance programs, and U.S. government investigations, including criminal trials. She determines product classifications, country of origin labeling and prepares license applications, commodity jurisdiction and classification requests, voluntary disclosures, I-129 compliance and training modules for large and small companies. Ms. Edelman has a well-established relationship with OFAC officials inside the Department of Treasury and has successfully obtained numerous licenses for transactions involving embargoed and sanctioned countries. On a daily basis she advises clients how to grow their businesses while navigating the complex web of OFAC Executive Orders, laws and regulations regarding the changing requirements for Iran, Cuba, Russia, Crimea and other sanctioned countries/entities. She proactively advises our clients as to changes affecting their interests and helps them remain diligent with their compliance monitoring activities. She also assists with customs, anticorruption and export compliance issues in the merger and acquisition diligence process and has created on-line export compliance training.

Ms. Edelman works with U.S. companies entering new markets overseas and foreign companies doing business in the U.S. This includes drafting agency, licensing and distribution agreements, working with foreign counsel to assist her clients overseas and navigating U.S. foreign investment reporting requirements. She helps companies establish global business structures to increase market share and reduce costs and business risks, like FCPA and the UK Bribery Act. She advises on product importation issues such as tariff classification, valuation and duty rates as well as the benefits of free trade programs. She represented the Sultanate of Oman in its bilateral negotiations with the U.S. Government and secured passage of the US-Oman FTA. She is General Counsel to the American Turkish Council, a bilateral trade organization comprised of major U.S. and Turkish companies.

Ms. Edelman's work has carried her to all corners of the world, whether helping to establish a natural gas facility in Turkey, protecting a client's intellectual property in Japan, or watching out for the interests of a major fast-food chain franchisor in Latin America. She is co-author of a comprehensive analysis of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and many trade-related articles. Through all her work, Ms. Edelman offers her clients a combination of transactional experience and business savvy, helping them establish strategic plans for entering new markets and intervening on their behalf with government regulators and policymakers. 

Ms. Edelman has been interviewed and quoted on export and import topics by numerous publications, including the Associated Press, CNN Money, Law360, U.S. News and World ReportWashington Post and Bloomberg. Follow Ms. Edelman on LinkedIn

Professional Honors & Activities
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Co-Chair – TerraLex Global Trade & Business Practice Group 
  • Board of Directors – TerraLex (2017 – 2020)
  • Listed in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers in International Law (2012 – 2018)
  • Member – Maryland, Florida and District of Columbia Bar Associations (International Law Sections)
  • Member – American Bar Association (International Law Section; Corporation, Banking and Business Law Section)
  • Member – Board of Directors, American Turkish Council and American Friends of Turkey (2005 – 2016)
  • Law Clerk for Chief Judge Maryland Circuit Court William McCullough (1987 – 1988)
  • Law Clerk for Office of the U.S. Attorney, Washington, D.C. (1986 – 1987)
  • Law Clerk for Marriott Corporation, Bethesda, Maryland (1985)
Speaking Engagements
  • "NAITA Conversation on Trade: What Lies Ahead with NAFTA?" (February 2018)
  • "Baker Donelson Compliance Symposium" (November 2017)
  • "Doreen Edelman on the Current State of NAFTA Negotiations," FCPA Compliance Report (October 2017)
  • "Doreen Edelman on the Telia Enforcement Action," FCPA Compliance Report (October 2017)
  • "The Role of Lawyers in Cybersecurity," Homeland Security Law Institute, George Washington University, Washington D.C. (September 2017)
  • "Doreen Edelman Talks About the NAFTA Talks and the Outcome she Expects," CGTN America (July 2017)
  • "Export Control Issues for College Universities," NAFSA: Association of International Educators Annual Conference (May 2017)
  • "International Trade Updates," The North Alabama International Trade Association's Export Compliance Roundtable, Huntsville, Alabama (March 2017)
  • Panelist – "Importing and Exporting with Cuba, Russia and Iran Considering U.S. Sanctions," Global Chamber (March 2017)
  • "What Lies Ahead for Trade and Foreign Investment?," Nashville Chamber of Commerce, International Business Council Luncheon (IBC), Nashville, Tennessee (February 2017)
  • "Selling into China: Export Controls and Anti-Corruption," Tennessee China Network - Selling to China Seminar, Chattanooga, Tennessee (October 2016)
  • "Tennessee-China Network – Selling to China Seminar," Chattanooga, Tennessee (October 2016)
  • "Legal Issues with a Latin Flair," The North Alabama International Trade Association, Huntsville, Alabama (June 2016)
  • Panelist – "Why U.S. - Turkey Partnerships? Opportunities and Challenges," U.S. Turkey Investment Partnership Summit (February 2016)
  • Panelist – "10th Annual ABA Homeland Security Law Institute" (August 2015)
  • Panelist – "Export Controls – Changes in Attitudes, Changes in Latitudes," 10th Annual ABA Homeland Security Law Institute (August 2015)
  • "The Lifting of the Cuban Embargo: New Opportunities for Florida Businesses" (January 2015)
  • "How TTIP May Impact Your Business" (September 2014)
  • "Form I-129 Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker," American Conference Institute Seventh National Export Controls Forum on International Technology Transfers & Deemed Export Compliance (January 2013)
  • "FCPA and Export Compliance - The Speed Dating Version," Louisiana Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel Professional Development Seminar (January 2013)
  • "The Iran Sanctions and Iranian Students in the United States," podcast, AILA Agora (January 2013)
  • "FCPA: A Review and View of Future," London International Investment Law and Financial Regulation Symposium (December 2012)
  • "Doing Business in Houston for British Investors," UK Trade and Investment Webinar (October 2012)
  • "EB5: Country Specific Issues," American Immigration Lawyers Association 2011 EB5 Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada (March 2011)
  • "Export Controls 101," AILA seminar – Managing the New I-129 Export Control Certification in Your Practice, Washington, D.C. (February 2011)
  • "Managing the New I-129 Export Control Certification in Your Practice Seminar," American Immigration Lawyers Association teleconference (January 2011)
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  • National Law Center, George Washington University, J.D., 1987, with honors
  • The George Washington University, School of Public and International Affairs, B.A., 1984, with distinction


  • District of Columbia, 1989
  • Florida, 1988
  • Maryland, 1987
  • Court of International Trade, 1989

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